The presence of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in Texas has altered the coastal configuration as well as the coastal environment. This alteration occurred almost thirty years ago. Maintenance of the Waterway has been a periodic practice but an almost constant issue since the original dredging of the Waterway. Decisions about future management practices for the Waterway must be made and made soon. These decisions must be based on facts; it is the purpose of this study to provide a broad base of factual information about the Waterway and the controversy which haunts it in order to aid the decision-making process. Compromises and trade-offs may be necessary if environmentally sound and economically feasible decisions are to be achieved. The report is divided into the following nine chapters: (1) Overview of Water Transportation; (2) Physical Description of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway; (3) Description of the Study Area; (4) Economic Significance of the Waterway in Texas; (5) Environmental Significance of the Waterway in Texas; (6) Necessary Maintenance Dredging of the Waterway in Texas; (7) The Waterway in the Future; (8) The State's Role in Waterway Activities; and (9) Recommendations to Enhance the Waterway and Project Marine Resources. Included also are appendixes and a bibliography of cited sources.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented in response to the Texas Coastal Waterway Act of 1975 and Submitted to the Sixty-fifth Session of the Texas Legislature. Copies of the full report are available at cost from the State Department of Highways and Public Transportation.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas State Department of Highways & Public Transportation

    Transportation Planning Division, P.O. Box 5051
    Austin, TX  United States  78763
  • Publication Date: 1976

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  • Pagination: 285 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00190086
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Texas State Department of Highways & Public Transp
  • Created Date: Apr 25 1979 12:00AM